It’s been 10 years of hard work by an energetic and passionate team of volunteers and outstanding community buy-in, and I congratulate them on their commitment to this project and what it achieves.
The Awards were announced and presented on Tuesday 22 October at a function at the Civic Theatre in the Wiseheart Room.
For winning the Supreme Award, Mistletoe Bay Trust received a framed certificate, a trophy and $1,500 prize money. Mistletoe Bay Trust now has the opportunity to represent the district at the 2013 TrustPower National Community Awards, which are being held in the Invercargill and Southland region in March 2014.
In total, TrustPower has given away over $5,000) to various community groups through tonight’s Awards.
TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the Mistletoe Bay Trust was formed 10 years ago by a group of ordinary Marlborough people with a passion for education, conservation, environmental sustainability and a big idea.
“Their vision was for a sustainable Eco Village facility at Mistletoe Bay and it grew out of the Department of Conservation investigating options for its on-going management. Over the years they have developed this facility, but in the last 12 months with the support of countless other volunteers they have made lots of exciting developments. These include completing the classroom and community room, science laboratory, new camp kitchen facility and ablutions block. They have also built a fleet of 6 brand new optimist yachts to support their sailing programme.
“Mistletoe Bay is one of this regions real hidden gems, and the Eco Village developed by this group highlights all its best features in a sustainable way. A huge congratulations to the passionate volunteers and trustees who dreamed up this concept and for their ironclad commitment to keeping a small piece of paradise protected, yet available for everyone,” says Miss Somerville.
Marlborough District Mayor Alistair Sowman says what Mistletoe Bay Trust has created at Mistletoe Bay is teaching young and old valuable lessons about how to live sustainably within a coastal ecosystem.
“It’s been 10 years of hard work by an energetic and passionate team of volunteers and outstanding community buy-in, and I congratulate them on their commitment to this project and what it achieves”, says Mayor Sowman.
Fifty-nine entries were received for 58 groups for this year’s TrustPower Marlborough Community Awards; the second highest result so far.
Other winners at this years TrustPower Marlborough Community Awards were:
Heritage and Environment
Commendation: Picton Pestival
Runner-Up: Marlborough Historical Society
Winner: Marlborough Vintage Machinery Society
Health and Well Being
Commendation: Selmes Garden Charitable Trust
Commendation: Menz Shed
Joint Runner-Up: Marlborough SPCA
Joint Runner-Up: Marlborough St John
Winner: Marlborough Hospice Shop
Arts and Culture
Commendation: Marlborough District Brass Band
Runner-Up: Friends of Marlborough Libraries
Winner: Havelock Theatre Company
Sport and Leisure
Runner- up: Endeavour Park Pavilion Society
Winner: Coastguard Marlborough
Education and Child/Youth Development
Runner-Up: Pasifika Homework Club
Winner: Synergy Youth Mentoring
Mistletoe Bay Trust
Winner: Josh Watson from Marlborough Boys’ College
Finalist: Gabby Mark from Marlborough Girls’ College
Finalist: Robert Blankendaal from Rai Valley Area School